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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs Audiobook

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (Now with a New Middle)

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Publisher's Summary

From the kid who brought you Fargo Rock City, the first book in history to garner the praise of Stephen King, David Byrne, Donna Gaines, Sebastian Bach, Jonathan Lethem, and Rivers Cuomo, comes Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, the first book in history to examine breakfast cereal, reality television, tribute bands, Internet porn, serial killers, and the Dixie Chicks.

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman, with an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and a seemingly effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter. Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane, usually all at once.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about movies, sports, television, music, books, video games, and kittens but, really, it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'"

©2003, 2004 Chuck Klosterman. All rights reserved.; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Klosterman] is a skilled prose stylist with a witty, twisted brain, a photo-perfect memory for entertainment trivia, and has real chops as a memoirist." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intelligent analysis and thought-provoking insight....there is much here to entertain and illuminate." (Amazon.com)

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    Meg 08-19-16
    Meg 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Whiny and insulting"

    I didn’t enjoy the tone of the book. Its seems like he’s shaming certain parts of pop culture and sometimes makes a broad statement that’s only true of his generation and acts as if it’s a universal truth. The tones in which he does it seems more whiny than clever and funny and sometimes insulting to the reader. It is a book of essays that is personal opinion and not fact but it seemed to have a know it all feel to it which made it hard for me to relate and get through.

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    Matt D 07-29-16
    Matt D 07-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, as always"

    Even if you don't agree with 60% of what he says, you still like listening.

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    Amie 06-05-16
    Amie 06-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Shallow narcissism theorizes about love?"

    I've never heard of the author, the book was just a suggestion from a friend. I couldn't bear another minute of his self important blathering. ABOUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

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    Efren 04-29-16
    Efren 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A reflexive book"

    The essays do a good job at rhetoric without intentionally trying to seem persuasive. It's is a philosophical reflection of societies strange habits, but it's written comically (or at least read to me). I like the authors POV in regarding life's events as we know it. He jumps into the agora of strange roommates, virtual mating, his hatred towards soccer, obsession with serial killers and cereal. It is definitely a book every college student should get their hands on. However, there does not seem to be a classical story - which makes it unique. They seem like a collection of memoirs that critique human existence... Good book - terrible cover.

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    Nicolas 03-25-16
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    "just great"

    this is his best book and I knew it would be. I wish I would have started with this book.

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    K. De Volder 03-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not very interesting"

    I tried twice to listen to this audiobook but it's just not interesting at all.

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    Tiger 03-27-15
    Tiger 03-27-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Buy Chuck by Chuck by Chuck"

    Who can do Klosterman better than Chuck Klosterman. His thoughts, timing, and delivery, make an hilarious book, an even better audiobook.

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    Floor Brooklyn, NY, USA 01-20-07
    Floor Brooklyn, NY, USA 01-20-07
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    "He thinks he's famous (sic)"

    Kloster seems to think that we are really interested in his opinion and/or his life. This is a self-indulgent quasi-biography of a wanna-be Woody Allen...

    Not to mention the tone of his voice. After 30 minutes, I was so irritated by his voice, that I had to stop listening.

    NOT RECOMMENDED

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall Los Osos, CA, USA 10-07-06
    Marshall Los Osos, CA, USA 10-07-06
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    "NOT Recommended"

    There are a FEW interesting parts but most of the book is very disjointed. Too many uninteresting personal rants and raves. There are much better choices.

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    Remington Waco, TX, United States 08-22-10
    Remington Waco, TX, United States 08-22-10
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    "Don't waste your money"

    This is the first book I have ever written a review for but I feel like I'm writting it for all the wrong reasons. Instead of sharing a passion for a new discovery I am posting a warning. Save your money and spend it on something worth listening to.

    I've had this book recommended to me by several people and I have seen it featured on several blogs that I hold in high respects. However, this is the first book that I have not been able to complete. I only had one hour left when I just had to give up. It was tough enough to slog my way through Klosterman's essay on why the Celtic/Laker riverly but the pointless, disjointed, and contrived rant he followed up with about how sex and cereal are deeply interlocked was too painful too bear.

    Don't waste your money on this dribble. There are plenty of other author, one's with coheirent points to make, that deserve your attention.

    Also, all of the other reviews are correct. The author does sound like a high pitched version of the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons, which isn't as funny as you think it would be. The publisher should have seriously considered hiring a professional reader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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